This loss may take some time to get over.
The season got away from the Cape Coral Seahawks on Thursday night on a couple of wild throws.
The Estero Wildcats were celebrating, the Seahawks fighting tears after Zeke Pietrzyk crossed the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Estero a 2-1 win in the Region 5A-4 quarterfinals.
The Wildcats (18-9) will be home against the winner between Lely and Cypress Lake Tuesday in the region semifinals.
The winning run scored on a pair of errors in the bottom of the seventh. Pietrzyk reached on shortstop Billy Pryor's throwing error to open the inning. He raced all the way home when catcher David Schulz threw wildly to first on Juson Moore's bunt, with the ball getting away down the right-field line.
"Even with the one-run lead we had, the way they lost to Cypress (in the District 5A-13 final) I knew that thing was far from over," Estero coach Frank Turco said. "Cypress was down by four and came back to score five, so these (Cape) guys were hungry to get a W. I knew it wasn't over until the third out was made. They scrapped and got a run in the seventh and we were fortunate that they made two bad throws. I hate to see a game end like that, but that's part of baseball and part of life."
"That's exactly how (Estero) lost to American Heritage last year," said Seahawks coach Mike Gorton. "A wild throw, but we can't do much with one run."
Schulz had just kept the game alive for the Seahawks (15-11) in the top of the seventh. His RBI single scored Dylan Bontrager to tie the game 1-1. Bontrager singled, moved to second on Alex Polidan's bunt and reached third on a wild pitch before Schulz's hit.
It was a tough-luck night for Cape Coral pitcher Kyle Arjona. Both the winning run in the seventh and the other Estero run in the first inning were unearned.
"Kyle probably pitched the best game he's pitched all year, and he's been a bulldog all year," Gorton said.
Arjona gave up just three hits.
"Hats off to Arjona over there," Turco said. "We didn't swing the bats as well as I'd like."
While the game got away from Cape on two errors, the Seahawks also had some strong defensive play. Matt Hale's throw to the plate on Brian Boocock's double allowed Schulz to tag out Brooks Rohrman at home in the fifth inning.
Pietrzyk's single in the bottom of the first scored Christian Phillips for Estero's first run.
Pietrzyk also was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats. He gave up a run on seven hits over seven innings.
"We've had a couple of tough games like that," Gorton said. "Baseball's like that. If you're in it long enough you know that stuff like that happens."
Scott Dudas had two hits for the Seahawks, the only player on either side with more than one hit.
Cape Coral 000 000 1 - 1 7 3
Estero 100 000 1 - 2 3 1
W - Pietrczyk. L - Arjona.